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Thread: Batting -- is there a right and wrong side???

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    Batting -- is there a right and wrong side???

    I'm a new quilter so don't think I'm a stupid-head, (like my DGS sometimes says, and gets in trouble for it). I didn't even think about it.

    I have some white warm and natural that I'm about to use and don't want to mess up the sandwich.

    Can anyone share what they know about this?

    Thanks...

    Julie

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    Bottom line, yes there is a right and wrong side. I know there was a discussion here on the board a bit ago that you might be able to search for more info. BUT, I've used W&N batting for years; have never paid attention (honestly didn't even know about right/wrong side) and have never had an issue. I hand quilt. I think there would be even less of an issue (if one even really exists) if you are machine quilting. Just my 2 cents.

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    I've never been able to tell. can't tell the insul-bright sides either.

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    Bumps against quilt top and smoother side against backing

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    Quote Originally Posted by intoquilting View Post
    Bumps against quilt top and smoother side against backing
    From what I heard, the batting is needled in one direction. The smooth is where the needle goes in and the bumpy is where it comes out. Supposedly, if you lay it in the quilt the other direction then the needle may push a little lump out the back. Ann

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    Smooth side lays on wrong side of backing....
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    Stitch124 thanks for asking this question. I never knew this nor even thought about this question. Thanks again!

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    I can speak from personal experience that I DID have a problem on my longarm when I put it on upside down. The needle pushed little tiny tufts of the batting through to the backing. I don't think this would happen to a hand quilter but it could easily happen on a DSM (domestic sewing machine) and most definitely will happen with a LA based on my experience and others.

    A little rhyme that always helps me remember with W&N is "Bump side up"

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    I never knew that there was a wrong or right side of batting. Now I know. Thanks for asking this question Stitch124.
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    The manufacture of warm and natural says the side with the bits of dark specks is the right side , that faces up , and should face the back of the quilt top. Its much harder to tell on warm and white ( no specks) which side is the right side . I keep a square of warm and natural , so I can compare the textures , and hopefully get it right. But bumpy side goes up.

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